31 Days of Authors: Stephanie Perkins

Teen Read Week is officially October 16th through 22nd, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating all month long with 31 Days of Authors. On each day in October, we’ll bring you author interviews and profiles and reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us.

Last December I was looking for a book that would break me out of my reading rut. On a whim, I decided to buy Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It was one of the best reading decisions I ever made. I feel into serious like with the book and waited somewhat impatiently for its companion, Lola and the Boy Next Door.

Perkins crafts her stories in such a way that you can empathize with the characters. You want to take them aside, give them a hug and tell them it’s going to be okay. The stories evoke emotion in you and the boys make you wonder where they were when you were those ages. It’s no wonder that both Anna and Lola have been nominated for YALSA’s 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults.

As soon as I finished Anna, I knew I wanted to read it again; which is a rare thing for me. I don’t often reread a book, and I certainly don’t think it as soon as I finished reading; THEN it happened again when I finished reading Lola! A second companion to Anna and Lola is due out in the Fall of 2012: Isla and the Happily Ever After and I can’t wait!

When Perkins isn’t busy writing Isla, you can find her on Twitter (where she does her best to answer your tweets), Tumblr or blogging on her website, or just having fun as you can see in this interview she did with Girls in the Stacks at the 2011 Austin Teen Book Festival:

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I am so glad I decided to read Anna and found Stephanie Perkins (and to find out she loves Pushing Daisies as much as I do!). I can’t wait to see what she has in store for her readers!

— Faythe Arredondo, currently reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman

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